February 11th

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National Guitar Day rolls around each year on February 11th, and it serves as a day for music enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate the iconic string instrument we know and love. From its varied use in multiple musical genres to its transformative impact on cultures across the globe, the guitar plays a vital role in shaping the world of music.

Whether you’re rocking out on an electric guitar or smoothly strumming an acoustic, this day invites the global music community to commemorate the guitar, explore its rich history, and appreciate its remarkable adaptability across numerous styles of music.

History of National Guitar Day

The guitar, as we know it today, has evolved over thousands of years. Early versions of guitar-like instruments were used in ancient civilizations like Babylon, Egypt, Rome, and Greece.

The word ‘guitar’ was adopted into English from the Spanish word ‘guitarra’ in the 1600s. The guitarra was an instrument that emerged in the 15th century in Spain, with a body design similar to the modern guitar but typically with four strings.

In the 14th and 15th century, a version of the guitar known as the “vihuela” became popular in Spain - it looked like a guitar but had the tuning and construction of a lute. In the 16th century, the five-course guitarre appeared in Italy, featuring five sets of double strings and a curved, ornate body shape.

In the 18th century, the six-string guitar started to replace the five-course and the modern acoustic guitar began to shape. It was in the 19th century when luthier Antonio Torres Jurado enhanced the design, creating a larger body, altered the proportions, and improved the internal bracing, essentially defining the form of the modern classical guitar.

By the 20th century, with the rise of blues and jazz music, the electrification of the guitar took place. The invention of the electric guitar opened up a new world of possibilities, giving birth to rock and roll, country, and many other genres of music we have today.

National Guitar Day Timeline

Early Forms of Guitars

During the Renaissance period, the early forms of guitars emerged in Spain. These were four-string guitars known as 'viheulas.'

Five-Course Guitars

Five-course guitars, which had five pairs of strings, were popular during the late 16th century.

Six-String Guitar

The modern six-string guitar started to develop during the late 18th century in Spain.

Steel-String Guitar

The steel-string guitar emerged in America. They were louder and brighter than the classical guitars.

Electric Guitar

The first commercially successful electric guitar, the 'Frying Pan,' was patented by George Beauchamp.

Gibson Les Paul

Gibson Guitar Corporation launched the iconic Gibson Les Paul, a solid body electric guitar.

National Guitar Day

National Guitar Day is observed by music enthusiasts worldwide to celebrate this iconic string instrument.

Ideas to Celebrate National Guitar Day

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Host a Guitar Concert

Plan an intimate guitar get-together with friends who love playing as much as you do. It doesn't have to be a professional gig, just a gathering to celebrate National Guitar Day. You can even invite individuals who enjoy good acoustic tunes.

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Visit a Music Museum

Find out if there's a museum around your place showcasing an array of guitars or curating special exhibits for National Guitar Day. It's the perfect opportunity to soak in some historical facts and evolution of this favorite instrument.

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Take a Guitar Lesson

Have you always dreamt of playing the guitar? National Guitar Day makes for a perfect occasion to kick-start your learning journey. You can look for local classes or even opt for online lessons to get the rhythm going!

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Jamming Session

Gather your friends for an entertaining and casual jamming session. Remember, it's primarily about the guitar, but other instruments or even those with a knack for singing can join the fun.

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Share on Social Media

You can also mark the day by posting about your favorite guitar tracks, guitarists, or even upload a video baring your guitar skills. Start a trend or a fun challenge and make National Guitar Day a broader celebration.

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Guitar-themed Movie Night

In the mood for a movie night? Consider watching films or documentaries featuring iconic guitarists, celebrated bands, or about guitars. Films like 'It Might Get Loud' or 'Crossroads' might be ideal for the occasion.

7 Interesting Facts About Guitars

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Early forms of the Guitar

The existing modern-day guitar seems to have evolved from two ancient instruments: the lute and the lesser-known vihuela.

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Most Expensive Guitar

A Martin D-18E acoustic, the guitar used in Kurt Cobain's last concert, was sold at a recent auction for over six million dollars.

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Air Guitar

An amusing form of dance and movement, known as air guitar, mimics the motions of a rock or heavy metal guitarist playing an electric guitar.

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The Double Guitar

Keen on pushing boundaries, American heavy metal artist Michael Angelo Batio requested for a unique double guitar. This allowed him to dazzle his fans by playing two guitar parts at once.

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Youngest Professional Guitarist

Guinness World Records honored Yuto Miyazawa, a young prodigy from Japan, as the youngest professional guitarist when he was just eight years old.

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Largest Guitar

The largest playable guitar in the world is 13.29 m (43 ft 7.5 in) tall, 5.01 m. (16 ft 5.5 in) wide and weighs 907 kg (2,000 lb). This guitar was modelled on a 1967 Gibson Flying V and was made by students from Conroe Independent School District Academy of Science and Technology, Conroe, Texas, USA.

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Most Strings on a Guitar

Guitars that feature a higher than usual number of strings include the 30-string Emerald Chimaera Triocha doubleneck, the 36-string Hamer 5-neck guitar, and the exceptional 49-string guitar invented by Italian luthier Carlos Roberto Michelutti.

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2023 February 11th Saturday
2024 February 11th Sunday
2025 February 11th Tuesday
2026 February 11th Wednesday
2027 February 11th Thursday
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